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This Week in NYC: July 16-22

Is summer treating you well, NYC Bitches?! It seems like we’ve got an endless supply of rooftops, outdoor movies, waterfronts workouts, and more this season. The city has truly transformed into our Sex and the City paradise. From a rose cider and cheese pairing course to a full on Instagrammable candyland, we’ve got a bunch of cool things for you to see and do this week. Keep reading for our NYC social agenda.

East Village noodle shop, Little Tong, officially opened its second outpost in Midtown last week. Now that its Monday, we are rushing over to this lunch-focused spot during work to have a taste of one of their signature dishes. They’re serving up bowls of Little Tong’s signature mixian, the Yunnanese rice noodle bowls peppered with proteins, flavorful broths (both warm and cold) and a plethora of bright, punchy house-made toppings. Additionally, Chef Tong has expanded the Midtown menu to offer more of her creative takes on Yunnan street foods, such as the opening lunch special – the Jianbing Melt Sandwich Combo, featuring a scallion pancake stuffed with beef shank and Beecher’s cheese curds and served with marinated cabbage and chicken broth. The menu also includes many of the fan favorite “Little Eats,” such as the zippy Ghost Chicken Salad and Bang Bang Cucumbers. We can’t wait to try them all! 235 E 53rd Street

Image courtesy of Little Tong.

We love rooftops, and we love movies. Tonight, head on over to Westlight at the William Vale for the best of both. Spectacular views of the New York City skyline will serve as the backdrop as we enjoy live music, the movie “Blindspotting”, and an afterparty with Corona and Ketel One. Nothing says summer in the city quite like this! 111 N 12th Street, Brooklyn

Tickets are now on presale for Candytopia, an immersive candy-coated experiential adventure coming to NYC. For anyone who’s ever dreamed of scoring a Golden Ticket or nibbling their way through Candyland, Candytopia transports guests to an imaginative confectionary wonderland with a one-of-a-kind full sensory experience and welcomes people of all ages to explore their sweet tooth like never before. Candytopia’s first location in Santa Monica drew sold-out crowds during its limited run and amassed a huge following among locals of all ages and A-list celebrities alike including Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Duhamel, Christina Aguilera, James Corden, Wiz Khalifa, Hilary Duff, Alessandra Ambrosio, and more. Candytopia will feature more than one dozen unique rooms and larger-than-life interactive art installations inspired by pure, sugary bliss. Guests will be treated to candy samples throughout the entire experience including sours and gummies, chocolate treats, nostalgic favorites, and many sweet surprises. 145 W 32nd Street

Image courtesy of Candytopia.

Sweets, tarts, bittersweets and all, we’re just crazy for real hard apple cider! And now, what’s more trendy than a refreshing Rose Cider? Nothing provides a better foil for the rich complexity of cheese like the beverage of choice of our colonial forebears. Join us at Murray’s Cheese as we explore the world of lovingly fermented and undeniably delicious hard ciders and pair them with our favorite cheeses, ranging from buttery creaminess to earthy intensity to meaty richness. This season, cider’s the thing—you won’t want to miss this special pairing event! 254 Bleecker Street

All summer long, Brooklyn Bridge Park is providing complimentary waterfront workouts. Today at 9 am, we are heading over the bridge for a low-impact retro dance workout. Break out your neon and sweatbands and come join us for a morning full of fun and fabulous views. Can’t make it to this one? Take a peek at the full summer schedule here.

Image courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Choreographers and performers from around the world hit the Pines for this weekend’s annual Fire Island Dance Festival. This year’s installment boasts Dancing with the Stars’ Carrie Ann Inaba, choreographers Camille A. Brown, Paul Taylor, Christopher Wheeldon and more. Look out for innovative performances by the sand from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet and Robert Fairchild. Proceeds benefit Dancers Responding to AIDS.

We haven’t brunched in Brooklyn in a while. Take the fam or a friend you’ve been meaning to get together with for a while, and head to Barano for a quiet, homey, incredibly delicious meal. This was one of the best brunches we have ever had– and that is saying something! The pizza bianca and house smoked buratta are must-order dishes. Read about we thought about our recent visit here.


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